Melvin A. Shiffman, MD, JD, FCLM, received his MD from Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1957 and completed his residency in general surgery in 1964 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, California, USA. Since then he has been continuously involved in the practice of oncologic surgery, reconstruction, and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Shiffman was Chair of the Section of Surgery at Tustin Hospital and Medical Center (AKA Newport Specialty Hospital) from 2002 to 2014. In 2009-10 he was President of the American College of Legal Medicine. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, as a member of the Scientific Committee of the American Journal of Aesthetic Medicine, and as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Shiffman has been lecturing nationally and internationally for over 30 years and is the recipient of many honors. He is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, the American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery, and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery. He has published over 310 articles, authored or edited 34 books, and contributed more than 190 book chapters.